Friday, March 28, 2014

The PRESIDENT of Worlco Reveals Some Insight!!


 Bob Hughes is one of the original Founding Partners of Worlco and is currently the Managing Partner/President/CEO of the company. Prior to forming Worlco, Bob held a variety of Sales and Marketing positions with IBM. He has been responsible for developing the Worlco approach to professionally representing both candidates and client companies in the Information Technology Staffing marketplace. Bob is a graduate of Syracuse University with a dual Degree in Business and Economics.

1.    What inspired the start up of Worlco?
When Bob worked at IBM he realized there was a need for a professional representation of IT professionals when looking for new jobs. There needed to be a better approach for staffing and a more efficient way to represent the IT professionals looking for jobs. He knew he could help resolve that issue.

2.    Did Bob have a previous interest in recruiting?
No! Bob never had any interest in recruiting, or even human resources. But here is the catch, he says that this profession is not a Human Resources career; it is solely sales, “Selling the features and benefits of a candidate to a client and selling the features and benefits of a client to a candidate.” says Bob.

3.    How did Bob meet his Co-Founder of Worlco Computer Resources?
Frank Parisi is also an original founder of Worlco and is now the Managing Partner/COO/CFO.
Bob met Frank at his previous job at IBM. Get this - Frank hired Bob at IBM!!

4.    What was Bob’s first job ever?
Life Guard at Boy Scout Camp!

5.    What was Bob’s very first placement?
Bob says, “I remember my first placement as if it were yesterday.” A programmer was the first job placement Bob made and it was in 1981. Bob talks very highly of the candidates he works with. In fact, 90% of the candidates he has placed in jobs he really enjoyed working with and was happy to place them. He even still keeps in touch with his first placement back in ‘81!

6.    What’s Bob’s favorite part of his job?
Bob loves the strategy of the business. “There are certain hurdles you have to address when working with both sides of people (the candidate and the client). I enjoy addressing the hurdles before they become a bump in the road” Bob also likes the specific prescreening of candidates that he has to do when placing for certain jobs.

7.    What are Worlco’s future plans?
Bob says Worlco is just going to “keep going.” He believes the industry has changed a lot in the past 4-5 years and it forced them to change and adapt to the new roles of a professional recruiter in the staffing industry.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

7 Self-Awareness Techniques to Make You a BETTER Leader

7 Self-Awareness Techniques to Make You a Better Leader

What is the most important characteristic of a leader? Some might say it's integrity. Others may say that it's being a good motivator. But psychologist and author Sherrie Campbell believes that self-awareness — the ability to monitor one's own emotions and reactions — is the key factor in leadership success.
"Self-awareness keeps us grounded, attuned and focused," said Campbell, author of "Loving Yourself: The Master of Being Your Own Person" (AuthorHouse, 2012). "When leaders are grounded, they are able to be efficient and deliberate in staying on task, and being attuned to those around them. Leaders who have the ability to control their minds and emotions help to guide those around them to develop their own self-knowledge and success."
Learning to be aware of yourself isn't always easy, but mastering this skill can help you become a much more effective leader. Campbell shared these seven tips for improving self-awareness.

  • Keep an open mind. When you have the ability to regulate your own emotional world, you can be attuned the emotions of others. To be a successful leader, you have to be curious about new people and all they have
    to offer. This shows that you can be a team player, and don't need to be No. 1. The more open you are to others, the more creative you become.
  • Be mindful of your strengths and weaknesses. Self-aware individuals know their own strengths and weaknesses and are able to work from that space. Being mindful of this means that you know when to reach out for assistance, and when you are good on your own.
  • Stay focused. Making connections with those around you is important as a leader. But you can't make those connections if you're distracted. Train yourself to focus for long periods of time without getting sucked into social media, emails and other small distractions.
  • Set boundaries. A leader needs to have strong boundaries in place. Be warm toward others, but say no when you need to say no. Be serious about your work and your passions, and keep your boundaries firm to maintain the integrity of your goals and the work you put into them.
  • Know your emotional triggers. Self-aware individuals are able to identify their emotions as they are happening. Don't repress your emotions or deny their causes; instead, be able to bend and flex with them, and fully process them before communicating with others.
  • Embrace your intuition. Successful people trust their gut instincts and take the risks associated with them. Your instincts are based on the survival of the fittest and the need to succeed. They tell us what to do next. Learn to trust these and use them.
  • Practice self-discipline. Good leaders tend to be disciplined at work and in every area of their life. It is a character trait that provides them with the enduring focus necessary for strong leadership.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

BRAIN REFRESHER! Steps to Becoming Successful!

25 Simple Steps to Becoming Successful

By Ritu Pant

Who doesn't want to strive and become successful? Exactly, no one. Deep inside all of us, we have our own personal reasons for striving for success, and really, we all define success in very different ways whether it is for financial freedom or mere sense of accomplishment.

When you go to the bookstore, there is a reason that there are six thousand different books proclaiming to know the recipe for success; it's one of the most sought after things on the planet. Ironically, we tend to think that the most complicated solutions are the most effective and we subsequently ignore the simple facts.

Simplicity is what makes everything possible and with every great feat, there were hundreds of small, simple decisions that had to take place first. Look at Google and their simplistic homepage; did simple work for them?

In this article I am not going to break some earth-shattering news or reveal a 10-step program to success. Instead, I want to refresh your brain a little, tip some simplistic approaches and get you back to basics. The simplest things are easily forgotten, have some of these fallen from your scope?...

  1. Let go of the past. Act and apply in the present and shape up the future
  2. Utilize your failures as a guide towards success
  3. Do not try. Just do it.
  4. Make a list of your dreams. No matter how hard they might be to achieve, just sit down and write all your dreams down.
  5. Make a list of your goals and think how you can achieve them
  6. Use negative feedback and criticism to your advantage and better yourself
  7. If you want to be successful in someone else's "game" (if you have a boss), play by their rules or create your own "game."
  8. Make a list of your values. What do you value most and build your success upon them
  9. Keep personal time separate from business time
  10. Your success depends on your failures as well as your achievements.
  11. If you are in doubt let someone else do it. Doubtfulness is saying I almost believe it. If you don't fully believe it, leave it for someone else who does
  12. Avoid interruptions during your productivity time. Whatever it might be, work or family or some alone time, interruptions can throw you off for whatever it is you are doing.
  13. Determine your peak performance hours. Work at a point in day when you feel like you are most effective.
  14. Breath deeply and let go off any stress.
  15. Rest and relaxation plays as much an important part as exercise itself.
  16. Do not worry. All it does is gets you ready for negative outcomes.
  17. Think happy thoughts and there will be positive outcomes.
  18. Do not step back from the job at hand when fear subsides in you.
  19. Use your brain not only your heart.
  20. Eliminate emotions by letting go off the past and thinking about the present.
  21. What has happened in the past will most probably stay the same; you can't change it. Instead focus on the present and live today instead of yesterday.
  22. Don't let the time control you. You control the time.
  23. Time management is the most effective tool you can utilize and become successful.
  24. Create strategies and build credibility among your peers.
  25. Once again, forget the past and live it up in the present.
Written on 9/25/2008 by Ritu Pant. Ritu is the editor for Marketing Hackz and Net Hackz

Monday, March 17, 2014

5 Tricks to DOMINATING a Job Interview!

5 Tricks to Dominating a Job Interview
By Dana Manciagli
Many people misunderstand what job interviews really are.
The interviewer is not just listening to your answers. They are examining behaviors and comparing them to their vision of the “ideal candidate.” From your handshake to your closing comments to your follow-up — all of it matters.
They are watching to see if the skills you exhibit in the interview are close to what they need in the day-to-day job. If you are not prepared for the interview, then you might not be prepared for a critical meeting. If you are late with some excuse like, “There was an accident on the highway,” then you might be late for work. If you don't make eye contact, then you probably won't make eye contact with peers and customers.
So it’s important to know what to do every step of the way. The following 5 tricks are important because they will prevent you from making the Top 5 errors in interviews.

1. Be super early for everything. This includes phone meetings, informational meetings, or the first interview of the day. Rule: if you are not ready by the phone or in the waiting room 30 minutes prior to the start time, then you are late. When you are late, the interviewer perceives that you are not committed, do not have good time-management skills, and you would be late to meetings once hired.

2. Be amazingly over-prepared. Two areas are key: First, prepare for the questions you'll get and bring good questions to ask, and second, bring the right things to the meeting. Rule: Always bring printed copies of your résumé and cover letter, plus the job description. Bring paper and two pens (back-up). When you are unprepared, the perception created is that you did not take the time to research the company or the job, that you have no insightful questions, and that you might be unprepared for key events once hired.

3. Bring your upbeat attitude. Job searching is frustrating, hard, and downright depressing. Leave any negative thoughts you have about your prior company, a bad boss, or how unconfident you feel at home. Rule: Hiring managers and interviewers want to hire happy people. Remember, they are watching to see if you would be a fit for their existing team and culture. Never go “off the record” or “between you and me,” as those comments are often controversial or negative. Smile, talk positively about everything and everybody, and tell them how excited you are to work for them.

4. Be concise and pause. You’re nervous, unsure if you are saying the “right” answer, and, well, desperate. Under these circumstances, virtually all candidates blabber on and on. Be different. Use my “Interview Law of 3s": say three short answers then stop. Repeat: three things then shut up! Smile, pause and know that the interviewer will ask for more if they want more. This trick accomplishes two things. First, it will make you calmer and appear more confident. Even if you are making up the answer on the fly, you know you only have to think of two or three points —then stop. Inhale, exhale. Second, it helps the interviewer take notes, digest your thoughts, and ask the next question. Phone interviewers particularly appreciate your brevity.

5. Take phone interviews very seriously! I often hear, “Oh, it’s just a phone screen,” or “Once I get through the phone interview, I’ll do more research.” The global hiring process is moving very quickly toward phone interviews as the primary interview mechanism. You won't get the face-to-face interview if you don't do well on the phone. And it’s not easy! Regardless, whether it is a recruiter or HR person on the other end of the line, you need to perform just as strongly as you would in a face-to-face interview.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

E-mail Tips WE ALL Could Use!

E-mail Tips WE ALL Could Use!

Email has become an integral part of doing business, but many people still struggle to get it right. Here are five common mistakes I see that limit the effectiveness of email communications.
  1. Addressing an email to no one in particular. Emails addressed to a large group of people often get answered by no one. Address your message to a specific person, and CC (carbon copy) those who just need to be “in the know.”
  2. Ignoring spelling, grammar and punctuation. People tend to read emails as though the sender is speaking the words. When your grammar and punctuation are incorrect, it affects their perception of your competency and expertise.
  3. Writing a stream-of-consciousness email. Writing an email as you think can produce some pretty hard-to-follow text. Be sure to re-read and edit your message before you hit “send,” and eliminate run-on sentences, incomplete thoughts and contradictions.
  4. Burying the key points. If the recipient of your email has to dig through lines of detail to get to the point of your message, they may not put in the effort. Make sure the key thought, statement or question is clear and easy to find – preferably at the beginning of the email.
  5. Assuming the context. An email sent as a follow-up to some verbal conversation or event may not be easily understood once some time has passed or the conversation is forgotten. Make sure that any relevant context to your email is summarized, so that when read later it still makes sense.

By : Kris Kelso, The Kelso Group, Nashville, TN 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

7 Ways to Climb Out of a Silly Slump!

In a Little Bit of a Slump??

1.     Revisit your daily plan … is what you do everyday helping you reach your personal objectives? … are you demanding enough of yourself to overcome a set of different goals?

2.     List five things you could do smarter … focus your effort in addressing these areas … increase your own productivity.

4.     Get someone you respect to listen to ideas or issues you're facing … another opinion will help refine your skills.

5.     Stay away from the “pity parties” … whining does no good and has a major impact on others, negatively.

6.     Hang around positive successful people … success breeds success.

7.     Rearrange your office or room … a new look could provide a new attitude.


(Some of Jeffrey Gitomer's, from the Philadelphia Business Journal, observations and recommendations.)

Friday, March 7, 2014

When EVERYTHING You Touch Falls Apart...

Positive Diversions

What is a Positive Diversion ???

            Something you do … When you have reached the point of frustration  … when you “just can’t take it anymore”  … When everything you touch falls apart … When you ask yourself what in the world you are doing here … Something that is a diversion from what you are doing but will also help you reach your goals … a change of pace …

1.      Send an email you have been meaning to send.
2.      Listen to your favorite song.
3.      Go to lunch.
4.      Power 15 minute nap.
5.      Take a 20 minute ride.
6.      Walk around the mall.
7.      Do some exercise.
8.      Pick up the laundry.

Anything that will allow you for a short period of time to forget about the frustrations … do something different … restart your engine … recharge your battery ... while at the same time doing something to help you reach your objectives.
A Positive Diversion during the rough times will help to maintain a Positive Attitude. 

Remember though --- DON’T MAKE YOUR POSITIVE DIVERSION A NEGATIVE INFLUENCE ON SOMEONE ELSE --- JUST BSing with another person who is trying to work may be a positive diversion for you but a negative impact on someone else. 

A great attitude will compensate for a lot of errors and frustrations

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Benjamin Franklin Can Still Help Us Today!

14 Lessons 
From Benjamin Franklin 
About Getting What You Want In Life

Benjamin Franklin was a man of action. Over his lifetime, his curiosity and passion fueled a diverse range of interests. He was a writer (often using a pseudonym), publisher, diplomat, inventor and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.
       His inventions included the lightning rod, bifocals and the Franklin stove. Franklin was responsible for establishing the first public library, organizing fire fighters in Philadelphia, was one of the early supporters of mutual insurance and crossed the Atlantic eight times. Self-development was a constant endeavor throughout his incredible life.

      Benjamin Franklin was clearly a man who knew how to get things done.

Here are 14 action-inducing lessons from him:

    • Less Talk, More Action

      “Well done is better than well said.”
      Talk is cheap. Talking about a project won't get it completed. We all know people who constantly talk about the things they are going to do but rarely ever take that first step. Eventually people begin to question their credibility. Taking action and seeing the task through to completion is the only way to get the job done.
    • Don’t Procrastinate

      “Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.”
      This is probably one of the first quotes I remember hearing as a teenager. With an impressive list of achievements to his credit, Benjamin Franklin was not a man hung up on procrastination. He was a man with clear measurable goals who worked hard to turn his vision into reality. What are you putting off till tomorrow that could make a difference in your life today?
    • Be Prepared

      “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”
      You need a plan to accomplish your goals. Charging in without giving any thought to the end result and how to achieve it, is a sure way to fall flat on your face. Think like a boy scout. Have a realistic plan of attack and a systematic approach for getting where you need to be.
    • Don’t Fight Change

      “When you're finished changing, you're finished.”
      Whilst many of us don’t like change, others thrive on it. Either way change is inevitable. The stronger we fight against it, the more time and energy it consumes. Give up the fight. Focus on proactively making positive changes, instead of having change merely thrust upon you. Wherever possible, try to view change as a positive instead of a negative.
    • Get Moving

      “All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.”
      There’s a reason we use the expression, movers and shakers. Movers are the ones who take action, the people who get things done, while the immovable are sitting around scratching their heads wondering how others could possibly be so successful. Which group do you want to belong to?
    • Avoid Busywork

      “Never confuse motion with action.”
      We are always running around doing things. We rush from one meeting or event to the next, sometimes without achieving a great deal. At the end of the day, how much of our busywork are we proud of? How much of that running around improves anyone’s life (including ours) for the better? Make your motion mean something.
    • Give Yourself Permission to Make Mistakes

      “Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.”
      If we fear making mistakes, we become scared to try new things. Fear leaves us nestled in our comfort zone. Staying in your comfort zone rarely leads to greatness. Taking risks and giving yourself permission to make mistakes, will ultimately lead you to whatever your version of success may be.
    • Act Quickly on Opportunities

      “To succeed, jump as quickly at opportunities as you do at conclusions.”
      Opportunities are everywhere. The trick is being quick enough and smart enough to seize them when they arise. Instead of jumping to the conclusion that something won’t work or can’t be done, allow yourself the freedom to ask what if?
    • Continue to Grow

      “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”
      We all have vices of some description. The key is to keep them under control or preferably eradicate them entirely. Be kind to those around you, whether they are neighbors, family, co-workers or friends. Never accept that you have finished growing as a person.
    • Keep Going

      “Diligence is the mother of good luck.”
      Have you ever looked at a successful entrepreneur or business person and thought how lucky they are? Most of the time, luck has nothing to do with it! Hard work and sacrifice on the other hand have everything to do with it. Successful people deal with failure. They tackle their demons head on. They pick themselves up and keep going.
    • Know Yourself

      “There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self.”
      Understanding ourselves is not easy. Sometimes we just don’t want to see ourselves for who we really are. It’s much easier to hold onto a romanticized version of ourselves or to simply view ourselves through other people’s eyes. Start by being brutally honest with yourself. Follow through with understanding, compassion and acceptance.
    • Don’t Self-Sabotage

      “Who had deceived thee so often as thyself?”
      We spend so much time worrying about other people hurting us, yet fail to comprehend the damage we inflict on ourselves. If you are using negative self-talk, lying to yourself or indulging in addictive behavior you are self-sabotaging. Life can dish up enough challenges without us adding to the mix. Be kind to yourself. Treat yourself like you would a best friend.
    • Don’t Give Up

      “Energy and persistence conquer all things.”
      Achieving our goals can be downright exhausting. There will be days when you want to give up. There will be times when your energy levels flatline and you wonder why you bother getting out of bed. Yet you push forward, day after day because you believe in yourself and you have the determination and strength to back up that belief.
    • Wise Up

      “Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.”
      Benjamin was definitely onto something with this one. Who hasn’t had the thought - I wish I could know then, what I know now? Unfortunately there is no time machine; there is no going back. The key is to wise up as early as you can to start forging a life of purpose, achievement and happiness.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

What Are You Really Saying Through Your Body Language?..

Decoding Body Language

          When having conversations it is critical that you not only pay attention to the words that are being said, but also to the body language that is being communicated. Most of the messages that are relayed to us during a person to person conversation is communicated through body language. Pay close attention to body language when having conversations and also be aware of your personal body language! Below are some signs to watch out for and what they may mean!

leaning forward
open body
open arms
open hands
head tilted
lots of eye contact
high blink rate
staring into space
slumped posture
foot tapping
finger tapping
foot tapping
(sprint position)
open legs
feet under chair
on toes
leaning forward
sucks glasses/pencil
strokes chin
looks up and right
legs crossed in 4 pos.
(ankle on knee)
feet towards door
looking around
buttoning jacket

leaning forwards
finger pointing
fists clenched

closes papers
pen down
hands flat on table

arms behind back
open feet

sitting/moving back
arms folded
legs crossed 11 pos
(thigh on knee)
head down
hands on hips

feet pointing in
hands clenched

touches face
hand over mouth
pulls ear
eyes down
glances at you
shifts in seat
looks down and to left